IGN writes: "Yes, I'm being hard on Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, but it's only because the base game is so good that I expect a lot out of the series. Setting out to conquer Priscines and steal their livers is challenging, taking a bunch of ore and suping-up your armor is fun, and having one game that you can feasibly sink 500 hours into is exciting. I don't understand why you'd churn out this carbon copy of a game -- especially when the series is having trouble catching on in the states like it has in Japan -- but the fact that it's well worn territory doesn't stop it from being an impressive title.
If you're a huge Monster Hunter fan, you've already preordered (or imported) this game and hate me. I'm fine with that, but I have to point out that Unite offers welcome improvements (the game install, the ability to stack items in your box, and new monsters) but is pretty much the exact same experience people were playing two years ago. If you've never picked up a Monster Hunter before, feel free to get excited about Unite, but if you were on the fence about the last one, don't look for salvation here".